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You Have To Watch Magic For Humans Starring Justin Willman On Netflix

From baffling people on the street to orchestrating elaborate tricks, Justin Willman blends good-natured magic with grown-up laughs. 

The six half-hour episodes are Netflix’s first original foray into the magic space. The comedic docu-series follows the funny and likable Willman as he brings his skills as a magician to the strange and misunderstood subcultures of America.

“I’ve dreamt of having my own Netflix series since the early ’90s,” Willman said. “I’m hoping to make a mind-blowing magic show that also happens to be very funny. If in the process we learn something new about the human condition, I’ll consider that a bonus.”

Willman is coming off his Fake Believe  stand-up tour of the U.S. and his Comedy Central half-hour special Sleight of Mouth with Justin Willman. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Conan and Comedy Central’s @Midnight with Chris Hardwick and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, he has hosted a number of unscripted/game shows including Cupcake Wars on Food Network and Win, Lose or Draw on Disney Channel.

Magic For Humans is streaming on Netflix now!

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Pop! PEZ: Batman 1966 TV Series

It’s the candy you want and inspired by the Batman 1966 TV Series, DC Super Heroes you love and the DC Super-Villain you love to hate. Get your sugar fix with Batman, Robin or The Joker PEZ dispensers and revel in the pop culture amazingness of Pop!, PEZ and DC together at last.

The Batman PEZ dispenser includes a Chase with a pink cowl.

Coming in September!

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Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen Series Receives Series Order At HBO

After receiving a pilot order in 2017, Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen project has been given a series order at HBO. The series, referred to by Lindelof as a remix of the original story, is expected to premiere in 2019.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Originally published as a 12-issue miniseries beginning in 1986, Watchmen quickly become one of sequential art’s most acclaimed stories. The original story centers on a murder-mystery before unfolding into a planet-altering conspiracy that ultimately asks where the fine line is drawn between heroes and villains.

In a letter to fans, Lindelof made it clear that the Watchmen series won’t be an adaptation of the comics, but an original story with new faces and unknown characters introduced into the universe that he intends to remix.

The pilot is already made up of an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Irons (Justice League), Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Django Unchained), Louis Gossett Jr. (Hap and Leonard), Tim Blake Nelson (Colossal), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify), Andrew Howard (Bates Motel), Frances Fisher (Masters of Sex), Jacob Ming-Trent (White Famous), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sara Vickers (The Crown), and Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow).

Since the 2009 film adaptation was released, DC Comics released an extensive “Before Watchmen” comic line, telling stories from the pasts of the central characters. More recently, DC Comics has made efforts to integrate Watchmen into the broader DC Multiverse with their Doomsday Clock series.

Lindelof serves as creator, writer, showrunner, and executive producer on the Watchmen series, with Tom Spezialy, Stephen Williams, and Joseph Iberti also executive producing. Nicole Kassell will executive produce and direct the pilot. The series comes from Lindelof’s White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television and is based on the DC Comics characters.

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Check Out The First Look Trailer For Disney Channel’s Star Wars Resistance

Star Wars Resistance, a new animated series that takes place prior to the events of The Force Awakens and expands the Star Wars universe, takes flight with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD.

The high-flying adventure series follows Kazuda Xiono (“Kaz”), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.

In the one-hour premiere titled “The Recruit,” Poe and BB-8 assign newly-appointed spy Kaz to the Colossus, a massive aircraft re-fueling platform on an outer rim water planet, home to colorful new aliens, droids, and creatures. While undercover, Kaz works as a mechanic and lives with Poe’s old friend Yeager, a veteran pilot who operates a starship repair shop run by his crew: Tam, Neeku, and their old battered astromech droid, Bucket. Kaz soon finds himself in over his head with his new friend BB-8 as he’ll have to compete in dangerous sky races, keep his mission a secret from his newfound family, and avoid the danger of the First Order.

The voice cast includes Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives) as Kazudo Xiono; Suzie McGrath (East Enders) as Tam Ryvora; Scott Lawrence (Legion) as Jarek Yeager; Myrna Velasco (Elena of Avalor) as Torra Doza; Josh Brener (Silicon Valley) as Neeku Vozo; Donald Faison (Scrubs) as Hype Fazon; Jim Rash (Community) and Bobby Moynihan (DuckTales) as Flix and Orka, respectively; Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as Poe Dameron; Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Captain Phasma; and Rachel Butera (Tammy’s Tiny Tea Time) as General Leia Organa.

Renowned Lucasfilm Animation veteran Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) created the series; Athena Portillo (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Justin Ridge (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) and Brandon Auman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) serve as executive producers; and Amy Beth Christenson (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) is art director.

Take to the skies with Star Wars Resistance. Premieres Sunday, October 7 at 10pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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Watch Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 Trailer

 

Marvel and Netflix have revealed the full length trailer for Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2.

Marvel’s Iron Fist will once again star Finn Jones as the titular hero, Danny Rand. The cast for the series will also include the return of Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Sacha Dhawan as Danny’s childhood friend Davos. New additions include Alice Eve who will be playing the Marvel villain Typhoid Mary. In the pages of Marvel Comics, Typhoid Mary had pyro and telekinetic powers and was also a master swordsman.

In the second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist, Danny Rand, The Immortal Iron Fist and Colleen Wing set off on a new adventure as the protectors of Chinatown in NYC – where death, action and surprises await them around every corner. Raven Metzner has replaced Scott Buck as the new showrunner for the series.

Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 will premiere September 7 on Netflix.

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Castle Rock Renewed For Season 2 At Hulu

It hasn’t even been a full month since the series premiered and yet Hulu is cashing in on the critical success of Castle Rock, revealing that the anthology series has been given the greenlight for a second season.

The streaming service announced that the series became the most successful first-season original launch upon its premiere at the end of July and that viewers have kept coming back to deliver Castle Rock solid ratings every week. No details have been determined yet for the episode count, return date or cast for the second season.

“Each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle and end,” co-showrunner Dustin Thomason shared. “But I think that just as the books do, we want to surprise viewers with the ways in which the stories intersect. Just as the places the characters pop up in very unexpected ways throughout the books, that’s the kind of anthology that we would like to tell. One of the things about the King universe or multiverse is that some very strange things can happen when it comes to the ways that the stories unfold, and hopefully there’ll be surprises along the way in terms of how the anthology works in that way. It’s pretty delicious that Kathy Bates played both Dolores Claiborne and Annie Wilkes when you really think about that question in the movie adaptations. But I think that there’s something for us about being faithful to the way that Steve does it in the books, that almost feels like the anthology format has already been laid out for us.”

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

The first season of the series stars André Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Bill Skarsgård (IT), Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe) and Scott Glenn (Daredevil).

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Watch Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Behind The Scenes Featurette

Amazon has released a new behind the scenes featurette entitled “Authenticity” for its upcoming series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, featuring an extensive look at the lengths the production traversed in order to make the show as realistic as possible, right down to the types of phones and computers the characters use. 

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a reinvention with a modern sensibility of the famed and lauded Tom Clancy hero played by John Krasinski (A Quiet Place, 13 Hours). The creators of the series, Executive Producers Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Graham Roland (Fringe, Prison Break), will continue to serve as co-showrunners. Additionally, Krasinski, who also serves as an executive producer, will be reunited with Wendell Pierce who will reprise his role as James Greer in the eight-episode second season.

In the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Krasinski’s Ryan is an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. The series follows the titular character as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale. The one-hour, eight-episode dramatic season also stars Wendell Pierce (The Wire) as James Greer and Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Cathy Mueller.

The first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will be released on August 31, with season two set to premiere in 2019.

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Mickey’s 90th Spectacular To Air On ABC On November 4, 2018

This year marks the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, and we’ve been celebrating that milestone throughout 2018 with a variety of special events. Now, the ABC Television Network will be joining in the fun with a two-hour prime-time special that was just announced.

Broadcasting from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, Mickey’s 90th Spectacular will be a star-studded, elegant affair worthy of a superstar like Mickey Mouse. Announcements of performances and appearances will be coming soon, so mark your calendars for Sunday, November 4 (8-10 p.m. EST) for an evening of musical performances, moving tributes, and rare short films never before seen by the public!

Don Mischer, one of the most acclaimed producers and directors of television and live events, will be directing and producing the special. Mischer considers it an honor to be crafting this celebration of Mickey Mouse, saying, “I’m delighted to be working on this magical event. Walt Disney was a major influence in my early life and actually inspired me to pursue my life’s work in television.”

Joining the 15-time Emmy Award winner are executive producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare. Haykel and Hare recognize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, saying, “It’s remarkable how strongly Mickey Mouse connects with people around the world, and it’s an honor for us to help celebrate such a beloved global icon.”

Are you ready to celebrate the leader of the club? Keep November 4 marked on your calendars because this spectacular is a can’t-miss moment of Disney history.

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Clark Orr Luggage Label Sticker Box Set

Clark Orr has created this whimsical set of pop culture luggage tags that pay homage to Indiana Jones, Willy Wonka, The Goonies, Ghostbusters and many more! The signed and numbered set is limited to 100 pieces and includes 21 sticker labels in a custom box. You also will receive Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Paradise key chain.

Order HERE from Gallery 1988 for $65.

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Ruby Rose Suits Up As Batwoman

The ever-expanding world of The CW’s “Arrowverse” is about to get a new corner…and a trailblazing new hero.

Ruby Rose, the charismatic actress who has stolen the show in Orange is the New Black and in movies like xXx: Return of Xander Cage, John Wick Chapter 2 and the upcoming “Jurassic shark” thriller The Meg, has landed the role of Batwoman in next season’s crossover event. Stephen Amell first announced that the character would be a prominent part of the crossover last May at upfronts, an exciting announcement that was further teased this summer at Comic-Con with a new trailer.

Rose will be playing the Kate Kane version of the character, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet—in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Kate Kane was first introduced in 2006 in the weekly comic series 52 and to this date remains one of DC’s most prominent gay superheroes. The daughter of a prominent Colonel and cousin to Bruce Wayne, in the comics, Kate has a tragic childhood in which her mother and sister are both killed after being abducted and taken hostage, leaving her to be raised by her father. Eventually accepted to West Point, Kate does very well academically until it’s discovered that she’s in a lesbian relationship with another student and chooses to leave the school rather than lie about who she is. Over time, inspired by Gotham’s most famous vigilante, Kate finds a new way to fight for justice under the guise of Batwoman.

Since then, Kate Kane’s Batwoman has remained an important part of the Bat-family, anchoring both Detective Comics on occasion and her own self-titled ongoing. She also appeared in the recent animated movie Batman: Bad Blood and in DC video games like DC Universe Online and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. This will be her first live action appearance.

Rose is an apt choice for the role, as she’s both demonstrated a penchant for action and is a member of the LGBTQ community. She also physically fits the part, has shown real breadth in her acting, and if her past roles are any indication, can throw down with the best of them.

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